The Unintended Consequences of Assimilating as a Black Girl in America

I have a confession to make: When I was in high school and college, I tried erasing as much of my blackness as possible to “fit in.” Let me start at the beginning. I was acutely aware of race as a young child. I can’t say that it had a profound influence on how I… Read more »

I Hope You Dance– Inspiration from my Grandmother

Our lives are easily lost in the hum-drum shuffle of every day life. The most casualties occur, not in actual death, but when we march along mindlessly, unhappily, making ends meet and tying up loose ends; finishing this, and finishing that and just trying to make it to the weekend. I Hope You Dance Was… Read more »

6-Black Owned Book Publishers

6 Black-Owned Book Publishers This is what I’ve been looking for!  I’ve been trying to spend my money in the black community, so it’d only be natural for me to want to seek a black owned publishing company for my novel, when its finished in June.  I haven’t researched them yet, but if you’ve heard… Read more »

The Best Mobile Devices for Writers: 2013

I am anti-consumerism, anti-materialistic, anti-spending money-on-unnecessary-things.  However, I’ve been searching for the perfect do-all writing device.  Once upon a time, I used to carry around a notebook and a pen, and when I was inspired, I could write my musings down on paper.  I can still do that, but as a blogger and fiction writer,… Read more »

Twenty-Six Students in a Mixing Bowl

Twenty-Six Students in a Mixing Bowl Twenty-Six students in a mixing bowl, boiling to escape They’re sliding cards and “f*cks!” across the table Public Displays of Affection without discretion “It’s not just a kiss,” I say. There’s confrontation: a girl about to beat the sh*t out of a boy with long hair and someone worried… Read more »


  This is a new poem… second draft. Being I stand, admiring the edge of clouds along the sky but I can’t connect to their certainty of being, and action. I’m floating like an air molecule, “invisible to the naked eye,” but I’m here. Fluid like ocean water and swimming amongst many. I’m strangely relevant,… Read more »

South Beach

This is another old poem I wrote in college… undergrad maybe.  I think it’s strange how I wait years and years to share things I’ve written.  Do you other writers do that?  Anyways here it is South Beach Lavender moonlight nudges sun rays creeping behind the horizon. But a khaki colored morning sighs, the brown… Read more »

The African-American Writer’s Inferiority Complex

I spend a lot of time feeling like I cant. I think it’s an issue that plagues most African-American writers. Honestly, writing a New York Times #1 bestselling novel seems out of reach. Some days, I attribute this lack of confidence to the political nature of race in this country: To get to number one on the NYT list, I have… Read more »

My Hair

I wrote a lot of poetry in college. My sophomore year (2005) I debated whether or not I should stop relaxing my hair.  This poem was written at the very beginning of my transition.  This is my favorite poem that I’ve written. My Hair I like to examine the way my hair grows at the roots,… Read more »

Why I Write

After a tumultuous year spent writing a thesis, I came to wonder why I started writing in the first place. Apparently, I love writing enough to get a Master’s degree in it. There were times in my life where writing something was a necessity to get through the day. Yet because of thesis, I’ve stopped writing. All… Read more »

  • It’s Not Writer’s Block, I Swear….

    Writing is hard.  If you dont do it, you get backed up.  You feel like you need to write but cant.  And when I cant, that’s when I start looking for a new notebook, a fresh start.  I wouldn’t say I have writers block.  I’m just out of practice.  I have even neglected journaling.  I… Read more »

  • Stressing over nothing….

    Do you know what I’ve been doing the last couple days since school ended?  Stressing over how I should be doing something, while I am attempting to do nothing. Today’s google searches include: how to make an app for cheap how to write a novel randy ingermanson ivy black (<== i thought would be a… Read more »

  • When the muse calls, you better write

    I have this nagging urge. A child pulling at the rim of my skirt, begging me to write. Part of me wants to write a teen book, a coming of age story, a mild obsession. And of course, heartbreak. I’m so inspired 🙂 Thank you Betsy Lerner in The Forest for the Trees I still… Read more »

  • Where are the real Black authors?

    Okay, so this isn’t a book review.  Selecting a book to read and write a review about is a huge commitment. I thought I would make it interesting  and review books by black authors.  And right now, I can’t find something. That’s when it occurred to me.  Where are all the black authors? I work in a bookstore… Read more »

  • Since I’m Alone

    I’m abandoning protocol for today. I just need to vent. I’m sick. I powered through a day at work.   And now I’m just feeling cruddy.  And lonely.  What am I doing here?  Grad school, work, this apartment in the middle of freaking nowhere. You ever have moments like this? I’m far away from what… Read more »

  • Rants No Raves

    I have to say it. Blogging is difficult. Blogging with any consistency is the only way to gain popularity.  If I’m not consistent, I’m wasting my time. I started my book review blog and it was a struggle just to get it done.  I felt like I was writing a paper. I was thinking about doing two blogs… Read more »

  • Reviewing What it Takes to be Badass

    Title: Badass: A Hard Earned Guide to Living the Life with Style and (the Right) Attitude Author: Shannen Doherty Publisher: Random House 2010 Pages: 256 ISBN-13 978030759152 List Price: $25.99 As a general rule, I am highly skeptical of books written by celebrities. Ms. Doherty’s expertise is not in the field of psychology or any… Read more »

  • New Beginnings

    I have been looking over my blog that I have had for two years.  It’s clear I haven’t made an update since I moved to back to Florida in April.  Shame on me.   I have been doing some research, and some thinking and I have decided to try to keep going with the blog-  and… Read more »

  • Bus rides

    So I keep thinking. If I want to be a writer, I have to actually write. Everyday. I don’t. I will have to when school starts!! Did I mention I got into grad school? Found an apartment, got transferred and even found a second job at an ice cream shop. The icecream shop in and… Read more »

  • Down to the Wire

    I got into grad school.  I’m really excited that this is happening. But I won’t be starting school until the fall semester.  I’m okay with that.  I just won’t have the financial help of financial aid.   At least not until school starts anyway.   I’ll have the opportunity to follow my dreams. I can… Read more »